Hearty Lentil and Kale Soup – A Nourishing Winter Warmer

On a chilly evening, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a bowl of hearty lentil and kale soup. It’s a recipe that warms you from the inside out, packed with nutrients and flavors.

I remember the first time I made this soup; it was after a particularly frosty day spent outside, and I craved something comforting yet healthy. That’s when I decided to experiment with lentils and kale, two of my pantry staples. The result was a deliciously thick and savory soup that has since become a winter favorite in my household. It’s perfect for anyone looking to enjoy a cozy meal that’s both satisfying and wholesome.

Whether you’re a soup aficionado or a cooking newbie, this easy-to-follow recipe will guide you to a delicious outcome.

Hearty Lentil and Kale Soup – A Nourishing Winter Warmer

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil,
  • 1 onion, diced,
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced,
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced,
  • 2 stalks celery, diced,
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed,
  • 4 cups vegetable broth,
  • 2 cups water,
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin,
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika,
  • Salt and black pepper to taste,
  • 4 cups chopped kale,
  • Lemon wedges, for serving,
Prep and Sauté the Veggies

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cooking until soft and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in carrots and celery and cook for another 5 minutes, or until slightly softened.

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Add Lentils and Seasonings

Add the rinsed lentils, vegetable broth, water, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until lentils are tender.

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Incorporate Kale

Once lentils are tender, stir in the chopped kale and cook until wilted, about 3-5 minutes. Adjust seasoning if necessary.

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Serve and Enjoy

Ladle the soup into bowls, and serve with a wedge of lemon on the side. Squeeze lemon juice over the soup for an added zing. Enjoy your comforting bowl of hearty lentil and kale soup!

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Final words

Thank you for following along with this hearty lentil and kale soup recipe! It’s a testament to how simple ingredients can come together to make something absolutely nurturing and delicious. This soup is not only a treat on a cold day but also a great way to incorporate more greens and legumes into your diet. I hope you enjoy making and savoring this soup as much as I do. Don’t forget to explore other recipes on my site for more culinary inspiration. Happy cooking!


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